13th & 14th June 2018  |  Chrishall Grange, Duxford, Cambridgeshire  Tickets

Cereals: The Arable Event

Live discussions at Cereals


De Lacy logoThe Arable Conference and Technical Seminars in association with De Lacy Executive, agriculture's recruitment specialists, features debates, panel sessions and seminars aimed at sharing the latest research, understanding and arguments.

A series of in-depth technical seminars provide valuable advice, hints and tips from the experts on practical issues currently challenging arable farmers. The short 30 minute format pushes speakers to condense  content and deliver powerful presentations rich in content. 

For details on this year's timetable, please see below.

2017 Timetable

Wednesday 14th June

 Time   Topic

  Brexit, what does the future hold?

A panel session on Brexit, looking at what might be in store as 2020 looms closer.   Speakers are set to include the Secretary of State and NFU president Meurig Raymond as well as Sir Peter Kendall, AHDB Chariman, David Caffall, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Industries Confederation and Ruth Bailey, CEO of the AEA (Agricultural Engineers Association). 


  Pre-harvest use of glyphosate should be banned
Sponsored by The Oxford Farming Conference

Nick Mole (Pesticide Action Network) and Steven Jacobs (OF&G Business Development Manager) is set to take on Guy Smith, NFU Vice President and Sean Sparling, AICC Chairman in a lively debate on the pre-harvest use of glyphosate.


Turning data & technology into farm profit

Technology and farm management information have always played a crucial role in modern farming, but are we really only scraping the surface? What does Evidence Based Production mean and what will be the benefits as we enter a post Brexit era of Precision Agriculture?  To challenge and debate we have Graham Potter, Yorkshire arable farmer, Alistair Knott, Precision Agriculture Development Director, Proagrica, Simon Parrington, Managing Director SOYL and Richard Green from the National Centre of Precision Farming at Harper Adams, all chaired by Farmers Weekly editor Karl Schneider.


  Farming without glyphosate, the reality

This technical seminar will look at one of the hottest topics in arable production at the moment – glyphosate. As concern grows for the future of glyphosate and its role within British agriculture, Liz Bowles Head of Farming at the Soil Association and agricultural contractor, James Alexander, will be discussing how farmers can manage without it. An earlier session will also debate whether pre-harvest use of glyphosate should be banned.


  Is arable production sustainable without livestock

Livestock and arable production have become increasingly specialised and detached in recent years. However, many farmers are now returning livestock to the enterprise mix, with benefits including organic manure, spreading labour and diluting market risk. In this technical seminar the National Sheep Association will consider whether arable farming is sustainable in the longer term without a livestock enterprise.


Agroforestry to improve your land productivity

Leaving the EU provides the opportunity to shape a new UK land use policy, with trees (and woods) at its core, embracing environmental as well as sustainable food production. David Rose of Home Farm in Screveton created a silvo-arable scheme compromising rows of apple trees within his arable rotation in a bid to nourish his soil, improve crop yield, attract pollinators, encourage local wildlife and create an additional source of produce. David will be sharing his experiences of agroforestry and taking questions, alongside Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation John Tucker. 


Thursday 15th June

Time  Topic

    Innovations in plant breeding hold the key for feeding the world
Sponsored by The Oxford Farming Conference

A discussion hosting a variety of expert panellists including Bill Clark (NIAB), Charlie Baxter (Syngenta) and Professor Mike Bevan (John Innes Centre). Crop breeders continue to push the boundaries of yield, disease resistance and nutritional quality – so what does this mean for UK and global agriculture?


   Is intercropping the future?
Sponsored by De Lacy Executive

From increasing yields to lowering inputs, intercropping holds a variety of benefits for farmers. Chaired by Managing Director, Stuart Goodinson,
De Lacy Executive will be looking at whether intercropping is the future of arable farming with speakers John Pawsey (organic producer), Clive Bailye (The Farming Forum), Adrian Newton (The James Hutton Institute) and Dr Nicola Cannon (RAU Lecturer in Agronomy.


    Crop nutrition - balancing input costs and yield

This technical seminar will see Yara debate various methods of reducing costs as well as looking at crop nutrition and yield. Nobody wants to waste fertiliser and throw money down the drain, but with margins under constant pressure it’s vital to maximise crop yield – so where does the balance lie?


Black-grass - taking a different approach

  In this technical seminar, Britain's leading expert on black-grass, Dr Stephen Moss, will present a new five-point strategy for tackling black-grass, in which five key elements are adopted for at least five years. Underpinned by robust research, the strategy has the potential to reduce black-grass by 99.9%.


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